Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Halloween Boo-tiful Bannister



I was so excited to find Creepy Fabric at Dollar Tree, that store really pulled through for me this year.  I'm seriously thinking of clearing them out of the creepy fabric.  Then I made this cute garland out of scrapbook paper, string and printed letters.  Classy-fi your Boo Bannister for less than $7.00!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Budget Wall Decor, Landscape Memories

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Decorating Walls around your flat screen can be tricky.  I wanted a clean look here and I knew I wanted multiple images.  I had plenty of family on display in this room and I still wanted the wall to tell a story.  Then a friend posted a fantastic lanscape image of a lake I used to live by on Facebook and this idea was born.  Frame beautiful landscapes of places you used to live or favorite places you've visited.  We dont travel much but we sure have moved alot and our children were born in different cities.  So I went online and found some fantastic landscapes that were taken by amateur photographers.  I sent emails and gained permission to print them.  I was fortunate enough to get most of them all for free.  One is taken by my dad and I purchased a few of them on istock.com for a few bucks each.  

I found these 11x14 frames at the Dollar store and found mattes for a buck each at The Christmas Tree Shops.  Wal Mart had the exact same frames for $3.00 with mattes.  I picked up the prints 8x10 and 5x7 at Wal Mart for less than $3.00 each.  So I Classy-fied an entire wall for less than $50.00. It's a great conversation display full of memories.  I love it when I can tell a story in my home decor without breaking the bank!!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Scrapbook Paper Monogram... Classy-fi It!!


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Here is an inexpensive, simple way to deck your halls with a dollar store picture frame and 2 sheets of your favorite scrapbook paper (I've had these laying around for a few years, I dont really scrapbook).  Here are the super simple Classy-fiing steps...

Step one: Print up your favorite letter in your favorite font in a size that will fit your frame.

Step two: Cut out the letter

Step three:  Trace the letter upside down on the back of scrapbook paper.

Step four:  Cut out the letter

Step five:  Cut a contrasting scrapbook paper to fit the full frame.

Step six:  Center and glue your letter to the full frame scrapbook paper

Step seven: Put it in the frame... Your done!!

I'm sure you could get fancy and use a Cricut or a Vinyl Cutting machine, but I used a simple pair of scissors and a steady hand.  Go on and Classy-fi It!!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Classy Makeup Tip: No Mess Smokey eyes!


As a professional makeup artist, when it comes to smokey eyes time after time I see almost as much smoke under the eye as on the lid. Making the poor girl look as if she has already been out all night before she stepped out of her bathroom. NOT CLASSY!!  Well when it comes to a clean looking smokey eye, you need to take precaution. I saw this advice on Oprah once... and I believe Kevin Aucoin had this same advice as well.

Apply loose powder under the eye over your foundation and concealer to protect it. When your done smoldering your eyes.. swish the dirty powder away with a fan brush. My question is how many of us actually have a fan brush in our makeup bag? Heck I'm a makeup artist and I dont even have one in my personal makeup bag.


 It definitely works getting the excess powder off, BUT if your like me and have lovely lines under your eyes, 9 times out of 10 that excess powder over-sets your concealer and then its cakey. While I don't entirely disagree with this method, (great for Halloween).

I like my method much better.

It's so genius, you will not believe it!

DO YOUR EYES FIRST!! Yes girls before foundation, before concealer, before anything. This way you can blend vigorously, go on.. make messes.. smudge away. When your done with your eyes, use a makeup wipe to clean the excess shadow you don't want all over your face, (no black freckles please) THEN apply your foundation and concealer. It makes for a beautiful finished face.

No foundation under the eyeshadow 8 times out of 10 it will crease and seperate, use an eyeshadow base, like I recommend here.

Keep in mind it can be hard to judge how much or how little shadow to use, the first few times you may think you need more because you don't have that smooth skin palette in front of you. I never let the girl in my chair see their eyes before I've put foundation and concealer on, they cant see past the discoloration and pimples, but trust me grasshopper... Once you figure this out, your ways will be changed forever....

Thursday, January 17, 2013

What to do with those Baby Shoes?

So there is a huge gap between my youngest and my middle child.  And photography has changed so much in the last decade.  I just couldnt bring myself to go to the department store photographer I took my first two babies two the first time around.  I even stopped hanging their cute baby pictures in my home for all the world to see.  

Then I decided I would take them and have some custom mats made to crop out all the dropsheet backgrounds and such.  They cost me $6.00 each at Hobby Lobby, a bit more than I really wanted to spend but I'm happy with the results.  I reused the 10x13 photo frames from the first two and just spray painted a random 10x13 frame to match for the new addition.  Since this blog is about making do with what you got, I decided for now its just fine.  Initially the first two hung in landscape style, now they hang portrait style.


My initial thought, was to find some Letter Hooks (ha ha pun intended) but then I found these knobs at Hobby Lobby for .62 cents each, SCORE.  Then I purchased wooden letters at .77 cents for 4. then painted them.  I did have to spray-paint the hardware on the knobs since I'm not into rustic metals.  
Then I sewed the baby shoes to the ends of white ribbons and tied them accordingly so they hung in similar fashions.  My son's baby shoes could have hung by the laces but I opted for symmetry since the girl shoes didn't have laces.

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Laters...  MaryMaryRC